Josh Condie – As a follow-on to my colleague, Tim Tetrick’s, blog regarding Apportals, I thought I would update the community with the recently announced resources to help in building these solutions.
First, Apportals in a nutshell:
An Apportal aggregates all the systems and applications that you use day-to-day under one Windows 8.1 Start Screen.
Windows Apportals were built in response to numerous customer requests to create an “on-the-glass” integration for the wide variety of LOB apps that exist in their organizations today, including legacy Windows 7 desktop applications; newer, modern Windows 8 apps, and web-based applications.
Apportals can be generated by vertical, by industry, or by role, and allow custom branding with customer-specific logos.
What’s in it for you?
·Provides a compelling sales motion to engage customers (demo)
·Drives pipeline for services engagements
·Creates uplift and pull through opportunities across the Microsoft stack
·Supports Office 365 activations and CRM & Windows 8 deployments
How Windows Apportals support customer engagements:
·Clear and concise way to introduce Microsoft solutions to customers
·Simple way to “show & tell” the value of Windows 8 in the enterprise
·Tailored for industry, role, and vertical-specific scenarios
Finally, how do you get started:
- Download the Windows Apportal Prototype Generator and create customer specific scenarios. http://aka.ms/ApportalPartnerInstall
- Download the Technical How to Guide https://aka.ms/uspartner-apportals-guide
- Incorporate into your sales and deployment motions
- Give us feedback: Apportal@Microsoft.com
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